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Family Challenges

by Lynda Shepherd   Spaghetti bolognese and a school letter had brought me here. Well, my own stubborn streak might have had something to do with it. Olivia, my daughter, hadn't intended for me to read the school's letter. Their correspondence, like takeaway menus, were junk mail to her. We'd rowed often ...

As an… Editor: Vicky Brewster

In this week’s ‘As a/n…’ interview we talk to Vicky Brewster about her background and learn about her role as an editor.   Vicky is a freelance editor living in South Wales. She works mostly on SFFH (science fiction, fantasy and horror) and other genre fiction, directly for authors and small presses. Her ...

Top Ten Tips For Writing Short Stories

by Clare Cooper 1.  Before you start, study your targeted publication’s guidelines, plus as many issues as you can.  You should know your market, word counts, presentation, forbidden and well-worn themes, etc, as this will save you potential heartache and frustration later on. Editors can usually tell in the first sentence, and certainly the first paragraph, if it’s what we’re looking for.  We look for the same things you do:  A story that’s ...
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The Gentleman

by Benedict Ushedo   Ragged.   He walks on … In gentlemanly dignity Confident in his strides Threadbare tie in its place   He walks on …   Oblivious of the holes on his shirt Never worries about the patched trousers Unmindful of the toes that have liberated themselves from suffocating shoes.   He walks on …   Bearing the burden of lost time in the rags of ...

Interviewing the interviewer: Travis Elborough

by Holly King I call Travis on a chilly Friday afternoon, the day after he interviewed Tracey Thorn, Mick Houghton and Will Birch at the Penderyn Prize event in Walthamstow. As he picks up the phone and we introduce ourselves, I find he is everything I expect from a quintessential English author of the historical genre; ...

The Other Side of the Desk

by Clare Cooper Wanted: Writers to fill pages in magazines. Must have thick skins and be prepared to take criticism, rejection and incredibly long waiting times on the chin. Must learn to bite their tongues and not get stroppy, or they will be sent to the naughty desk.  Must accept that ...
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Magpies

by Denise Woodhouse   I like to think I’m not superstitious, yet I always slyly nod or take a sharp, sideways look for your mate, hoping she is not keeping some date with sorrow,   some meeting with ill fate.   The two of you, foraging through your lifelong match, carry me away, in this mirthless stony-skied season, with ...

As a… Writer: Eithne Cullen

This week’s ‘As a…’ interview is all about Pen to Print alumnus Eithne Cullen.   (c) Jimmy Lee Eithne has been writing stories and poetry for a number of years. Her poems have had particular reach and she has seen them published in anthologies and magazines, even winning some prizes along the way. ...

Real Names vs Pen Names

By Luke Edley  There are lots of writers who choose to write under pen names for many different reasons. But few seem to acknowledge why the popularity of certain names can be a determining factor in a writer’s decision to embrace a nom de plume.  Joanne Rowling, for instance, may have chosen J.K. Rowling ...
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New Beginnings

by Mary Walsh   When I was young, I looked for the brow of the hill. With light footsteps, I made my way to the top but as I reached the summit, I found another hill beyond, another brow beckoning me and leading me on. “Don’t look back,” it warned, “lest you be turned to salt.” And so I ran or ...